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Centre for Regulatory Innovation: Regulatory Experimentation Expense Fund

Funding applications for projects starting in fiscal year 2023-2024, are now being accepted. Find out more below
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What is the Regulatory Experimentation Expense Fund (REEF)?
The REEF is a fund to help regulators support innovation by experimenting with:

  • innovative approaches to any or all stages of the regulatory lifecycle (issue definition and instrument choice, regulatory development, administration, compliance/enforcement, and review/evaluation)
  • regulatory approaches for new products or services.

The REEF provides regulators with:

  • financial support to offset expenses associated with experimenting, and
  • technical advice and guidance to help you navigate your specific situation.

The REEF can be used to help regulators:

  • conduct a regulatory experiment
  • determine whether an experiment would be the right approach (NEW)
  • develop a regulatory experiment (NEW)

Who Should Apply?

  • Regulators who want to understand the impacts of a proposed regulatory solution before implementing it permanently
  • Regulators who are considering multiple potential solutions and want to identify the best option through testing and generating evidence

What is New?

The CRI has expanded the scope of the REEF to support regulators with their ‘pre-experimentation’ efforts. This means that regulators can access funding before they are ready to conduct an experiment. Some examples include projects aiming to:

  • determine if experimentation is the right approach for a specific situation or problem
  • develop an experimentation idea (e.g., develop experiment scope, clarify evidence needs, develop what the experiment would look like and how the evidence would be obtained)  

If you are interested in accessing funding or learning more, reach out to the Centre for Regulatory Innovation to request a consultation.

Application Documents


To be eligible for funding, proposed experiments must clearly demonstrate how their funding request meets the criteria as outlined in the REEF Guide. It is recommended to contact the Centre for Regulatory Innovation to informally confirm your eligibility before drafting an expression of interest.

Any Government of Canada regulator may apply for funding. Priority will be given to experiments where regulators have identified collaboration with regulated entities or other businesses with the aim of bringing applications of new and emerging technologies into the Canadian marketplace or enhancing competitiveness.


Starting in fiscal year 2023-2024, the total funding envelope available for the REEF is $1,400,000 per fiscal year. Projects can receive multi year funding when applicable. Funding will be available from April 2023 upon completion of a MOU with the successful applicant and TBS.

Funding is made available on a cost recovery basis. The department is responsible to forecast their expenses and include the spending schedule in the MOU. The department will be expected to submit scheduled invoices to TBS to recover the expenses incurred as well as submitting financial forecast to allow TBS to decommit the funds that the department no longer plans on recovering.

How to Apply for Funding
The CRI uses a two-step process to make funding decisions. The first step is the submission of a high-level Expression of Interest (EOI) that is used by the CRI to determine the eligibility of the project. Eligible EOIs will be invited to the second step being the submission of a proposal intended to present the project in more detail and allow the interdepartmental DG-level CRI Steering Committee to confirm the project’s eligibility and rank the project using the assessment criteria.

1. Expression of Interest Submission

The EOI provides a brief overview of the proposed experiment or pre-experimentation project and amount of funding requested. The EOI should not take more than a few hours to complete. If you have questions on how to complete the EOI, it is recommended that you reach out to the CRI. EOIs should be submitted by email to

The CRI will contact applicants as required if clarifications on the proposed experiment or pre-experimentation project are needed. Applicants with an eligible EOI will be invited to submit a proposal.

2. Proposal Submission

Successful EOI applicants will be invited to complete the second stage of the application process which is the submission of a full proposal. Before developing a proposal, applicants should obtain the support of their Director General or above. The CRI supports applicants throughout the proposal development process. Regulators should refer to the Regulators’ Experimentation Toolkit to assist in identifying, designing, and carrying out regulatory experiments and sandboxes.

Proposals will be assessed, and final funding decisions will be determined by an interdepartmental Steering Committee, made up of representatives from TBS, Privy Council Office, Innovation Science and Economic Development, Transport Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, and the Community of Federal Regulators.

REEF Process Map

EOI – Proposal –Funding Decision – MOU – Project start – Reporting – Sharing of Lessons Learned

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Contact us
For additional information about this funding opportunity, including any assistance required to complete the application process, please contact the Centre for Regulatory Innovation.